Share a Story is a collection of immigration stories that explores the experience of migration to Victoria. The stories reflect on the reasons why migrants left home; the journey to Australia; their thoughts and feelings when they first settled here; and their subsequent lives in their new country.
We welcome you to share your own story or your family’s story of immigration to Victoria below. Stories be entered into the Share a Story database and can be read in the Discovery Centre at Immigration Museum.
The story should focus on the experience of leaving your home country, the journey and arrival in Victoria. Samples of stories can be found on our Question of the Week linked at right. Please also give your country of origin, place and year of arrival and the name of the ship or plane.
Each story must be under 350 words and any contributions exceeding this will not be added.
Terms and Conditions of Share a Story contributions
My husband Hendrik Pieter Mulder (Henk) arrived with his family in December 1956 on the Johan Van Oldenbarnevelt. He was 17. They travelled to Bonegilla Camp, but soon left for Warren NSW to work on his uncle Jack Lindhout's farm. He married 1964 and had a daughter Sandra Lee. He died of Mesothelioma in September 2011. He was exposed to asbestos while in the building game in the early 1960s. He did volunteer work from 2004 in Kalgoorlie and remote Aboriginal communities sharing his building skills.
Finding missing family is something that is very hard to do, due to Privacy Laws and the fact that locating people takes a lot of effort. We do have a webpage that may help, it is called Locating living people. It contains links to various Government agencies, as well as tips on where to go looking.
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I arrived in Melbourne aboard the Patris in October 1962. I knew no one in Australia and knew no English. I spent my first night sleeping in the toilets at Po...